Saturday 18 November 2017

Fine Gael should redefine itself as 'campaigning party' , report recommends

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Niall O'Connor in Kildare

Fine Gael should redefine its future as a "campaigning party" which is "anchored" in local communities, according to a much-anticipated report into the party's structures.

The report, the recommendations of which are published by independent.ie, was carried out by Marian Coy, the head of the Collins institute.

Among the nine recommendations are for Fine Gael to "build a strong network of connections at all levels of Irish society" and for it to become "much more open to external influences".

A structural re-organisation of the party is recommended, while a director of policy should be appointed.

Ms Coy also says many elements of the party including its research and communication offices need to be overhauled.

The details of the report were revealed during a presentation by Ms Coy at the Fine Gael think-in in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

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